Posts tagged with: Editorial
  • by | March 24, 2014 5:08 PM

    With other smartphone technology advancements beginning to plateau, such as display quality (resolution, color, black levels, etc.) and CPU capabilities, OEMs are looking to other areas for differentiation. Alongside things like software features and packing massive batteries, one area several manufacturers have started focusing efforts is image sensing, as indicated by the massive achievements in both 2012 and 2013. First was Nokia's PureView technology with the not-so-mainstream, Symbian-powered 808 PureView, which came packed with a 41-megapixel sensor capable of taking up to ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 7:20 AM

    When talking about smartphones, Apple and Blackberry are somewhat alone in that they make their own  hardware. Phones powered by Microsoft's OS and Android are built by OEMs like HTC, Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and others. Back in the day, major companies like Dell, HP, Compaq and others would outsource the production of their devices to OEMs. Over time, these OEMs began to gain popularity and eventually brought hardware carrying their own brand to the market. Ironically, Compaq, Dell, HP, and others have all but gotten out of the smartphone/PDA game, having been replaced by the OEMs ...

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  • by | March 21, 2014 7:28 AM

    Tethering is one of those things that many of us got really excited about way back in the early days of cell phones. Here we had a little phone that we could connect to our laptop which would let us access the Internet or closed network (the office, university, etc.) without having to plug into a land-line to do so. Speeds weren't all that great, but being able to work from anywhere often trumped that. Today we have our choice of various high-speed technologies offered by any one of a handful of cellular carriers. We also have numerous ways to connect our laptops to our phones -- and we ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 8:22 PM

    All eyes were fixated on Samsung at Mobile World Congress. It had littered the streets of Barcelona with giant ads, teasing they typical "next big thing" with the predicted number 5. The existence of the Galaxy S 5 was no secret, even if its actual appearance wasn't known to us until just hours before the announcement. (We live in a sad world where not knowing every last detail about a phone before it's announced is abnormal.) But the phone Samsung announced was not at all what we were expecting. It's wasn't the super progressive, innovative handset that would put the final nail in the ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 12:05 PM

    Update 3/20/2014: The stated calendar day has expired, and so the answer to our third monthly smartphone guessing game lies below! Scroll down and be amazed (or not, depending on your guess). Update 3/19/2014: added additional hint. When it comes to analyzing the quality of a smartphone's camera, there are two main approaches. There's the guided style: "We had a gander at the new [Smartphone] from the fine folks at [Smartphone Manufacturer], and we took its camera out for a spin to see how it performed under a variety of lighting conditions. When it comes right down to it, this camera ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 7:25 AM

    Over the last little while we've heard that various devices (typically tablets) may be released that have the ability to dual-boot into your choice of operating systems. Some may know what dual-booting is, and others may not. The majority are probably scratching their heads and asking, what is dual-booting, and what are the pros and cons. What is dual-booting? Let's start with something basics. What is "booting" when it comes to smartphones, tablets, and even computers? The basic explanation is "turning on" or "starting up".  In more detail, "booting" is loading a set of instructions ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 7:00 AM

    I received my Nexus 5 just a couple weeks ago and one thing I completely forgot about was the fact that this sucker has a notification light. Woo hoo! That’s something that I’ve totes been missing from the Windows Phone experience and it’s awesome (or maybe not, read on…)! It takes me back to the good old days of webOS. Almost too much so since I often find myself pressing the notification light to turn on the phone (If you don’t get that, I’m sad for you). Not surprisingly, it’s not supposed to work that way. I haven’t dug deeply into the features here. I’ve noticed the ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 5:57 PM

    Love or hate them, tablets are rather fun little machines. Android tablets and iPads, at the core, are actually little more than scaled-up smartphones. They come with roughly the same class of specifications as their high-end smartphone counterparts, run the same software, and have access to virtually all the same applications. Those who only look at that side of the equation, however, totally miss the point of tablets. Those are the people who say, "A tablet doesn't do anything more or better than my phone. I don't need a tablet." There's a fair argument in there that no one needs a ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 2:20 PM

    This time last year, both Samsung's and HTC's flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S 4 and One, respectively, were the two phones most of us were eyeing as our next smartphones. The Galaxy S 4 was the least attractive of the pair, but it was packed to the brim with features, for better or worse. The premise of the multiple award-winning HTC One was more soulful and rootsy. As such, while the One had the same specifications, give or take, it had fewer features and seemingly less value, but a markedly better design and build quality. Naturally, this rivalry between Samsung and HTC, paired with ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 7:47 PM

    When you think of Google these days, you think of a lot of things: search, Android, Chrome, and even a digital content store, aptly named Google Play. The last thing you would likely ever tie Google directly to is a physical retail location, a brick and mortar store. No less, a report surfaced late last week suggesting Google was about to do just that … again. Currently, Google has Android stores in Australia, which go by the name Androidland. This time, Google is looking for a physical retail location for all things Google in New York City, according to Crain's NY. It's looking at an ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    My preorder of the original Pebble came after a lot of pause and skepticism. I explained in the prelude to my Pebble Steel review that I was a backer of the immensely successful Pebble Kickstarter campaign, but I had my doubts about the company after learning it was essentially round two from the Allerta team, which didn't have the best time releasing its first smartwatch, the inPulse. While promising, inPulse suffered a handful of timely delays and only arrived in the hands of buyers upwards of a year after it was supposed to arrive. Alas, I gave Pebble the benefit of a doubt. I figured ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 7:18 AM

    The original Nexus 7 was quite a piece of work when it was originally released back in 2012. Pocketnow's own Brandon Miniman even rated the device an 8.7 out of 10 in his review. Not bad for a tablet that cost less than US$200. What starts to happen almost immediately after we get our fancy new devices? They start to slow down. At least that's what it feels like, right?  Usually this perception is caused by installing a whole bunch of apps that take up more space in the system's RAM, apps getting bigger and slower, and updates to the operating system taking up more space. All of these are ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 7:00 AM

    Spoiler alert. If you haven’t watched The Walking Dead yet, go do so and come back. We’ll wait. Recently, Microsoft reportedly struck deals with a couple of future Windows Phone friends in which Microsoft dropped their licensing fees for their operating system to the low, low price of…free. This wasn’t really a surprise as rumors about it doing so went back several months. But it did raise questions. How can Microsoft do this? It’s just crazy talk. Like, blonde girls on The Walking Dead crazy. Does this spell the end? For blonde girls on The Walking Dead, yes. But for Microsoft, ...

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  • by | March 17, 2014 8:21 PM

    Apple has a handful of devices rumored to launch this year, such as the wrist-mounted iWatch and the notably larger version of its popular iPad brand, the so-called iPad Pro. Reportedly, the iPad Pro will be a scaled-up version of the existing iPad Air with a 12.9-inch display. It's rumored to come in two models: one 2K and the other 4K. There is also some speculation as to which of Apple's operating systems the Pro tablet would run – Mac OS, iOS, or some crazy hybrid of both. The tablet was expected to launch in the fall of 2014. But a more recent report from DigiTimes suggests the ...

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  • by | March 17, 2014 8:07 PM

    As we've mentioned on countless episodes of the Pocketnow Weekly, the HTC One is one of the most widely-leaked devices in history. Thanks to an explosion of prematurely-released info, including a lengthy and rather strange hands-on video and a photo of the retail packaging, we know many secrets concerning the device that's come to be known, around these parts, as the #ANHO. But with the official announcement still more than a week away, there are a few details surrounding the All New HTC One specs that remain hidden to us. Personally, I'm enjoying being none the wiser (I always prefer to ...

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